Introduction to the Bay of Fires

Located on the northeastern coast of Tasmania with a gorgeous coastline that stretches over 50 kilometers, Bay of Fires, home to one of the world's most magnificent beaches, is not to be missed on your Tasmanian getaway. There's a reason why 'Lonely Planet' (Australian travel guide publisher) labeled it the world's top tourist destination.

The Bay of Fires was named by English navigator Tobias Furneaux in 1773 when he witnessed fires lit by the Palawa - Tasmanian Aboriginal community along the coast. Appropriately, the Larapuna region, which encompasses the Bay of Fires, is the site of one of Tasmania's earliest Aboriginal tourism projects.


Transport to the Bay of Fires 

You can start your journey from Hobart with a 4-hour drive, or Launceston with a 3-hour drive route. Alternatively, driving to the southern end of Bay of Fires - Binalong Bay is another option with driving time falling just around 2 hours and 20 minutes.


What’s good to eat in the Bay of Fires 

Given the location is on the northeast coast of Tasmania, essentials such as fresh-off-sea oysters, fish and chips, and pizzas are easy to spot. Most other cuisines can also be found in St Helens and Binalong Bay.

The area will not be having as many wineries as Tasmania due to its remoteness and many stores might be closing due to winter. Make sure to double check before you visit any restaurants.

  • No comments yet.
  • Add a review

    Accommodation in the Bay of Fires 

    Most accommodations will be located in either the town of St Helens or Binalong Bay. Options are camps & bush retreats, holiday houses, glamping, and hotels.


    Entertainment in the Bay of Fires 

    • Wukalina Walk 

    To deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Palawa community in Lutruwita (the Aboriginal name of Tasmania), Wukalina Walk is the most recommended to all travelers. You will be taking this journey on foot with a group of up to 10 people and a Palawa guide and will be staying in krakani lumi (place of rest) and lighthouse keeper’s cottage for the entire trip. 

    The Walk will start from Launceston and end at Larapuna – an area that includes the Bay of Fires. Although the name might involve a lot of walking and moving around, in fact, you will still be walking, but you will also be doing other activities that help you understand the culture, history, and life of the Palawa people in modern society better.

    • Beach hopping

    Being endowed with spotless white sandy crystalline beaches and orange lichen covered granite boulders, beach hopping has become an unspoken rule when visiting the region. You can always find a good spot at the beach, and just simply enjoy the warmth of the sun's rays.